Irma a Massive Category 5 Hurricane as It Moves Toward U.S.

Hurricane Irma has strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 180 mph. Hurricane warnings have been posted from the Leeward Islands to the Dominican Republic.

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Hurricane Irma is now a very powerful Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 180 mph. The storm is moving towards the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.
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Hurricane Irma continues to look quite impressive on satellite imagery with an impressive well defined eye and eyewall.
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Hurricane Warnings are in effect for the Leeward Island and Puerto Rico. Hurricane Watches are in effect for the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Devastating impacts will be experienced in these areas.
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Here's a look at the last model guidance from Hurricane Irma. Many of our models have a track towards Florida. Irma will likely make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. We're going to try and fine tune the path over the next couple of days but areas from South Florida to North Carolina should be on alert and begin developing a plan. If the Hurricane does make landfall in South Florida it would do so on Sunday or Monday.
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The massive hurricane has an estimated eye width of around 30 miles. The eye of the hurricane is where conditions are relatively calm. Areas just outside of the eye known as the eyewall is where the strongest winds of the hurricane are experienced.
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